What is included in the physical exam of pharyngitis (sore throat)?

Updated: May 06, 2020
  • Author: John R Acerra, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Physical examination includes the following:

  • Assessment of airway patency

  • Temperature

  • Hydration status

  • Head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat – Conjunctivitis, scleral icterus, rhinorrhea, tonsillopharyngeal/palatal petechiae, tonsillopharyngeal exudate, oropharyngeal vesicular lesions

  • Lymphadenopathy (cervical or generalized)

  • Cardiovascular evaluation

  • Pulmonary assessment

  • Abdominal examination

  • Skin examination

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.

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